Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Please note: If you have not been to both the first and second sessions, we ask that you come 1/2 hour early (6:00pm) to get a short summary of these sessions and the context for this third session.

Nexus Community Partners downstairs conference room

2314 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN
(just east of Raymond Ave. across from light rail station -- parking on east side of building)

Topic: Our Root Cultures: Their Influence and Resources

In the first session, we looked at the characteristics of the mainstream culture which embody the values from the main roots of European American culture. In the second session we looked at whiteness -- how it came to be and evolved over time, and how it affects us personally, within our institutions, and through the stories told in film, literature, and other media. In this third session we look at a third dimension of culture and identity: our root cultures -- the cultures of our biological ancestors and/or the ancestors of the people who raised us. These cultures, even though we may not know much about them, continue to influence us in profound ways and can offer us many kinds of resources.

European American Identity and Culture Workshops

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We have had many requests to offer this workshop to individuals, but have not been able to find a time that works for everyone. So we will be offering the workshop in 4 parts, from September to December, in lieu of our Learning Community discussion. Please sign up below.

Thursday, September 14, 6:30 - 8:30:
Dynamics of culture and European American cultural characteristics

Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 - 8:30:
History of whiteness and cultural narratives that support whiteness

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 - 8:30:
Our root cultures and their influence and resources

Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 - 8:30:
Cultural change and the role of European Americans

  • Please contact Janice Barbee at or send us your email address below if you are interested in attending.